We Are Excited To Announce That Starting May 11th
We Will Be Open For Normal Business Hours!

We’ve missed you! We hope you have stayed safe and in good health!

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice! You may have seen this during your visits to our office in the past. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to share additional precautions we will also be taking to ensure the well-being and safety of our team and patients.
Read Full List of Precautions

They will include but are not limited to:
  1. Limiting the number of patients in the practice at one time
  2. Asking for patients to wear masks when coming in and out of our office
  3. Asking a list of screening questions during appointment confirmation and repeating the list upon patient arrival
  4. Having patients wait in their vehicle until team member comes to take their temperature
  5. Having patient wash or sanitize hands upon arrival to office
  6. Limiting one parent or guardian to accompany one minor to his/her/their appointment
  7. Implementing digital forms/paperwork (including consent for treatment form) and payment options
  8. Scheduling more time between patients to perform disinfection practices above the standard protocols using electrolyzed water and medical grade sanitizers
  9. Cleaning the air with ozone filtration every evening
  10. Having all patients rinse with treatment specific mouthwash prior to any treatment
  11. Using advanced suction systems that reduce aerosols
  12. Screening our team each morning with questionnaire and temperature checks
  13. Masks worn throughout office by every patient and team member, except for when patients are receiving treatment
*Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any additional questions, please give us a call at 828-684-1633 or email us at info@AshevilleSmileCenter.com

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600 Julian Lane, Suite 610, Arden
NC 28704 | Directions
Dr. Christopher Port

Types of Dental Crowns

Dental team in Asheville, NC explains the difference between a filling & a crown

When a tooth is damaged or decayed, there are several treatments that can restore health and beauty to the smile. Two treatments that are safe and effective are fillings and crowns. Many patients will ask the Asheville Smile Center in Asheville, NC about the difference between a crown and a filling. We are happy to explain.

Filling & crown overview

When there is a cavity, a filling may be the best solution. Before the procedure, we will numb the affected tooth with local anesthetic. Then, one of our dentists will remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Once the decay is removed, Dr. Christopher Port or Dr. Michael Hernandez will prepare the space by cleaning the area of debris and bacteria. He will fill the area where decayed material was removed with composite resin, a natural looking material. Composite resin is versatile and used to repair chipped or cracked teeth and brighten severely discolored teeth. After the dentist places the filling, he will polish the tooth so it blends beautifully with the smile.

Depending on the extent of decay or damage, the dentist may recommend a crown. This cap is placed on the affected tooth to protect and strengthen it. Before the procedure, the tooth will be numbed with local anesthetic. The tooth will then be minimally prepared to ensure the crown fits precisely. Like a filling, we can provide a crown in a single appointment. By utilizing CEREC technology, we can take a digital impression of the tooth. We display the image in 3-D before placing a block of ceramic in the milling chamber. The customized crown is checked for precise fit and color before being permanently bonded to the tooth. A ceramic crown is designed to blend naturally with surrounding teeth and can add radiance to your smile.

With either a filling or crown, it is critical to maintain your oral health. Brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups will help you avoid oral conditions such as tooth decay and gum disease. At Asheville Smile Center, we can help you onto a path toward a healthy and beautiful smile. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Port or Dr. Hernandez by calling (828) 585-4049 today.

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